MPTF Telethon On KTLA Raised $858,493 To Help Keep Charity In Business

tonight’s mptftelethon is on ktla The 101-year-old Hollywood charity raised $858,493 – more than the $750,000 it had targeted. Jeff Bridges, who was one of several stars to appear on the show, noted that the MPTF is in “severe straits” due to extraordinary Covid expenses over the past three years.

MPTF said in October that it was facing its “imminent demise” unless it needed $10 million-$12 million in cash by the end of the year to meet its bank line compliance and continue ongoing operations. Doesn’t collect donations.

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MPTF President and CEO bob beecher said last week that the current fundraising campaign has only raised about half of that. tonight’s telethon – called Lights, Camera, Take Action! – gives them close to $1 million to meet their fundraising needs.

Hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown and Tom Bergeron and moderated by KTLA’s Sam Rubin, the celebration show featured Jodie Foster, Hugh Jackman, Bryan Cranston, Parker Posey, Elle and Keegan-Michael Key, Billy Porter, Richard Roundtree, Julia Butters , included the presence of Kevin Feige, Harry Northup, Tony Goldwyn, Anna Muskie-Goldwyn, Clark Gregg, Kathryn Hahn, Rian Johnson, Tony Ludwig, Ben Mankiewicz, Janelle Monae, Kate Hudson, Edward Norton and June Squibb.

Musical performances were provided by Johnny Mathis, Brad Paisley, Susanna Hoffs, David Foster and Katharine McPhee, Annette O’Toole and Michael McKean and Jonas Myrin. The show was produced by Phil Rosenthal and David Wild and presented by sponsors City National Bank and UCLA Health.